Judy Wright is an enrolled member of the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians and began her career in human resources in 1981 at Hewlett-Packard Company located in San Diego, California. In 2001, she joined Valley View Casino & Hotel, an enterprise of San Pasqual where she serves as Vice President of Human Resources and sits as a member of the board of directors of the San Pasqual Casino Development Group, a tribally chartered corporation created under tribal law to oversee the Tribe’s gaming operation. Judy is co-founder of Valley View’s Women at Work program and a founding member of the Southern California Indian Gaming HR Roundtable. Judy first attended NNAHRA in 2003 and has been actively involved on the board since 2012, before assuming the role of President in 2015. Judy’s outlook and vision for NNAHRA has added valuable resources to its foundation, conference and events which have attracted and assisted HR professionals at all stages of their career. Judy’s experience, leadership and wisdom have positively impacted NNAHRA and our colleagues in Indian Country.
For nearly 30 years, Tal Moore has served as a skilled professional and consultant specializing in organizational development and human resource management, over 25 of those years focused in hospitality and healthcare across Indian Country. Mr. Moore is the Director of the National Native American Human Resource Association (NNAHRA) Foundation with focus on education, training and research in support of Indian Country HR. Tal served NNAHRA as its elected President for more than six years. Additionally, Tal serves the Kalispel Tribe of Indians as their Chief Organizational Development Officer. In this role, he supports a team of 2000 team members in government, healthcare, gaming, resort, food and beverage and many ancillary enterprises.
Jerrod Murr is a speaker, leadership trainer, and cultural entrepreneur. He is a graduate of Northeastern State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, and a member of the Northeastern State University Hall of Fame. Murr is the founder of The 20 Leadership Camp, a faith-based movement focused on equipping students through personal leadership challenges. He is also the Co-Founder and Chief Strategist of Paradigm Shift. Murr speaks at multiple Human Resource conferences and corporate educational events throughout the year. He is also honored to be a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, as well as being appointed Partner Expert in The Forge’s startup incubator, powered by the Tulsa Regional Chamber. Murr currently resides in Muskogee, OK with his wife, Jenn, and their three children, Adelae, Josalyn, and Everett. His favorite book is The Giving Tree, and he loves working on his Bucket List, rooting for the OKC Thunder, and sipping good coffee.
Principal Richard McGee Law Firm. Mr. McGee is well known and highly respected across Indian Country as an attorney, consultant, facilitator and overall friend. His focus on employment law and its application to tribes and tribal enterprise has assisted many in areas of code, policy, and procedure development in line to protect sovereignty while making HR a better place to work and serve our nations.
Heidi Hartman is an engaging, energetic, and down to earth speaker who has facilitated sessions for executives, senior leadership, teams, and conferences. She dials into the needs of the audience to create a learning environment for true growth. Although she has 20+ years of Leadership and HR experience with an alphabet soup of certifications, Heidi’s focus is all about partnering with folks who want to learn, grow, and do great work.
Bobby Branscum is the Director of Human Resources for the Chickasaw Nation. He has been with the Chickasaw Nation since 2010.
Mr. Branscum received a Professional Human Resource Certification (PHR) and has a certification from the Society of Human Resource Management as a Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).
Mr. Branscum holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in management, from East Central University, and a Master of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Human Resources, from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Mr. Branscum has two daughters, Hadley (8) and Haven (3), who he loves spending time with exploring the great outdoors.
Shalynne Jackson serves as the City of Oklahoma City's (OKC) first Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the development, implementation and operation of the City's diversity and inclusion (D&I) priorities, including strategic programs, procedures and policies. Prior to joining the City of OKC, Shalynne supported strategic I& initiatives for multiple Fortune 500 companies. In 2020, she was recognized as Oklahoma’s inaugural OKHR Diversity, Equity and Inclusion awardee. She has served on various boards and was most recently the VP of Diversity for the Tulsa Area Human Resources Association (TAHRA). A graduate of The University of Oklahoma, Shalynne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Human Relations (double major), Master of Human Relations degree, and a graduate certificate in Human Resource Diversity and Development. Additionally, she is a qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), a cross-cultural assessment of intercultural competence.
Ruth Zaldivar is the Human Resources Director at Muscogee (Creek) Nation Casinos and has over 25 years of extensive hands-on experience in Human Resources. She has demonstrated a unique talent for problem solving and her strong leadership skills bring cohesiveness, clarity and a mutual sense of purpose to her team. Ruth has her SPHR, SHRM-SCP, MBA and recently obtained her Workplace Mental Health Ally Certification.
Johnna James is a citizen of Chickasaw Nation. She is the CEO of Kilimpi Associations. She consults with local, state, tribal and federal governments, providing collaboration and technical assistance. She utilizes feedback from community stakeholders to develop and influence policy and procedures that affect Indigenous communities.
Johnna’s passion includes indigenizing prevention and treatment models as well as developing training and curricula so that they are meaningful and appropriate for Indigenous people. She also assists in strategic planning efforts to build sustainable frameworks for community programs.
Johnna is a member of the United Nations-USA Association, National Native American Boarding School Healing coalition, SW ATTC advisory board and the Oklahoma and National Indian Child Welfare Associations. In 2021, Johnna served as United States Ambassador to the United Nations for the 65th Commission on the Status of Women.
Johnna earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma prior to earning her master’s degree in Native American Leadership from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Johnna is currently a doctoral candidate at Southern Nazarene University researching American Indian education and cultural responsive teaching.
Kenton Tsoodle currently serves as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Oklahoma City. In this role, he deals with leadership and policy issues of the City as well as direct responsibility for the Police, Fire, Municipal Courts, Information Technology, Human Resources, and Finance Departments. Kenton has been in this role since May of 2019 and has worked for OKC since 2002, with most of his time in various roles in the Finance Department. Kenton also serves on several other organizations including the Oklahoma 911 Management Authority, the Oklahoma City MAPS Investment and Operating Trust, and the Government Finance Officers Association Executive Board. He is also a member of Leadership Oklahoma City and the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma.
Having the ability but not the authority to help tribes protect their children spurred Michele Justice to create her own company - Personnel Security Consultants.
PSC, based in Albuquerque, is an investigative firm specializing in personnel security and employment suitability. It helps more than 200 tribes, including the Navajo Nation, to process employee fingerprints for an FBI criminal history record search.
Justice, who is Mexican born for Honágháahnii (One Walks Around Clan), was raised in Albuquerque. Weekends and summers were spent with her father in Wide Ruins, Ariz.
Preparation for a career in employment background investigations began right out of high school for Justice when she went to work for the federal government in 1985. PSC is now the leading firm serving Indian Country in areas of consulting, training and systems implementation along with the security and employment suitability foundation.
Jessica is an outstanding leader among the talent, learning and development profession. After serving the San Pasqual’s Valley View Casino as their Training and Development Manager for over 17 years she has recently moved to join the Simmons Group as a consultant.
Over 20 years of global Operations and Human Resources leadership experience in private and public sector. She brings a wealth of knowledge directing HR functions, including leadership development, diversity and inclusion, labor relations, workforce planning, benefits and wellness, and talent acquisition.
Stephen H. Greetham has practiced law in Indian country on behalf of Tribal governments for more than twenty years. He presently serves as Chickasaw Nation Senior Counsel, working closely with Tribal leadership to manage complex litigation and negotiation efforts. Greetham also serves as Vice President of the Tribal In-house Counsel Association and has taught several Federal Indian law subjects as adjunct faculty to the University of Oklahoma and the University of New Mexico. He is a regularly invited speaker, and his scholarly work has been published in American Indian Quarterly, the Natural Resources Journal, and the University of Oklahoma Law Review. He and his wife, Professor Amanda Cobb-Greetham (Chickasaw), live in Norman, Oklahoma.
I am an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation. As a Tribal Consultant I am focused on growing current revenue, developing new business opportunities, and analyzing the business acumen. This is accomplished by clearly defining objectives, timely project management, leveraging product and market knowledge, and increasing your social media presence. I am passionate about building lifelong relationships with the people I serve in working with Tribal Gaming properties and Tribal Governments, and businesses and non-profits serving Indian country.